Checking the New Movies, May 2014

This morning, self went to Cinemablend and the Roger Ebert site, looking for reviews of movies recently opened in the U.S. Because she’ll be home in a few weeks, and gardening and watching movies are possibly her two favorite activities in California. She likes watching TV, too — especially when Game of Thrones or Saturday Night Live are on. Anyhoo, back to movies.

She sees that a bunch of new horror movies have opened, and that Spidey 2 didn’t get such good reviews (Andrew Garfield, don’t sell your soul down the river. On the basis of Boy A and The Social Network, you’re capable of so much more)

By a circomlocutious route, she arrives at The Guardian’s film blog, and finds that six “key British movies” are being honored with commemmorative stamps.

The six are:

  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Secrets and Lies
  • Bend It Like Beckham

Self really liked Alfie, with Michael Caine.  She thinks Chariots of Fire was a safe choice, though she found the movie rather dripp-y.  She also liked My Beautiful Laundrette and My Left Foot.

Bend It Like Beckham?  Really?  Enjoyable movie, but.  Really?

She’d definitely list a movie like Maurice (early Hugh Grant) ahead of Bend It Like Beckham.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

“Spiders,” a Poem From TRUE NORTH, by Fred Johnston

Self continuing her exploration of the bookshelves here at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

She picked up a poetry collection by Fred Johnston, True North (Dublin: Salmon Publishing, 1997).

This is what she reads about Johnston:

Fred Johnston was born in Belfast.  He was educated there and in Canada.  In 1972 he received a Hennessy Award for prose; in 1981 and 1982 respectively, the Sunday Independent awards for poem and story of the month. In 1988 he received an Irish Arts Council literary bursary and was appointed writer-in-residence to Galway City and County libraries.  In 1986 he founded CUIRT, Galway’s annual poetry (now poetry and literature) festival.

And now to the poem!


    When these shelves were put up
    when this wallpaper lay on the bed in rolls
    we came here newly born each day to set it right
    put our mark on each room and cast benevolent spells
    in the hallway, hang a lamp over the door
    one asked no more of the other
    than to be the voice that answered in the dark

    last night I startled spiders
    with my tidying up, a modest family
    bundled in a corner, so great their haste
    to get away that the web vibrated, sang of them
    for a time — I hear you telling me just where to drill
    and what length the wood must be, how to measure up
    a roll of paper so that I don’t have to fight with it

    no spells of forgetting to keep you out
    no amount of talking to myself brings you nearer
    I brush away the web and feel I’ve achieved something.

Lots of spiders in self’s home in Redwood City, CA. But nary a one here. They must be in hiding.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

On the Move 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

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Night, Bacolod City, the Philippines.  There’s a karaoke bar on the corner where men like to hang out late at night.

Self Made Alawi Canlas laugh! This is in Magalang, Pampanga, where Alawi teaches.

Self Made Alawi Canlas laugh! This is in Magalang, Pampanga, where Alawi teaches.

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